St. Louis County, MO (January 10, 2020) - County Executive Sam Page on Friday asked the County Council to pass legislation that would ban domestic abusers from carrying concealed firearms.
“This is common sense,” County Executive Page said. “We must do what we can to reduce crime. One thing that we believe we can do under state law is ban abusers from carrying concealed firearms to protect survivors of relationship violence.”
In Missouri, state law preempts most local gun laws, but allows local governments to adopt laws prohibiting concealed carry of a firearm where federal law also prohibits it. Federal law, in turn, prohibits domestic abusers from carrying concealed firearms. The new County legislation would bring local ordinances in line with that federal law.
Page’s request builds on a bill that St. Louis City Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia introduced at the Board of Aldermen today. “I'm excited to work with County Executive Page to move this important legislation forward. Partnering on issues like gun violence, which impact our residents across borders, sends a message to our region that we understand the value of working together to address our shared problems with shared strategies and with goodwill.”
The proposed legislation is expected to have a wide impact on women and children impacted by domestic violence. “According to the CDC, over 40% of Missouri women over 18 have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner,” said Felice Joyce, the Vice President for Advocacy of the National Council of Jewish Women. “Taking guns out of the hands of abusers is critically important to keeping the residents of St. Louis County safe. The National Council of Jewish Women fully supports this effort.”
State legislators also supported Page’s proposal. “There is a way to be respectful of the Second Amendment while at the same time attempting to protect victims of relationship violence,” said state Rep. Tracy McCreery, D-Olivette. “Session after session, the Missouri Legislature has refused to close the deadly domestic violence loophole created when Missouri became a constitutional carry state in the fall of 2016. I commend my county leaders for doing the right thing. I know this will save lives.”